Happy New Year + Hallway plans

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Projects

Happy New Year Everybody!  I can’t believe it is 2018!  My husband and I were reflecting on 2017, and we are both so grateful for the lessons we learned and experiences we had, but also hoping for a bit of a calmer year.  In 2017 I started a business, continued going back to school, and the hubs started a new job.  In the last three months of 2017, we sold our house, and at the same time bought a new one, I designed and staged four commercials,  finished real estate school, the hubs started a new job (again), all while raising four totally awesome but demanding kids.  And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Needless to say, I am so excited for a fresh start, lots of small projects on the new house, and slowing down a bit.

I am really excited about the opportunity to share my projects and design collaborations here on Modernish.  One of my biggest regrets with my last house was not sharing it with people, and to have a record for myself.  It was amazing to look back and see just how much we did to that house.  My goal is to post once a week about current projects around the house, and one post a week about what is inspiring me, through e-design, books, whatever I am feeling in the moment.

My goal this week is to get the looong wide hallway to the kids side of the house painted and gallery wall hung.  The plan is to sand, prime and paint the trim first, look for a post about that next week!  It is definitely a process, I keep telling myself it will be worth it.  After the base boards are primed and painted, I’ll move on to painting the walls and ceiling Dunn Edwards white. (update- I only got the trim sanded and primed because the flu.  I hate the flu)

Lets all take a long look at this hallway.  Prepare yourself.  It is not pretty.

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You can see the office to the right, we’ve already painted walls and trim in there, so you get an idea of where we are going with this.  BUT LOOK!  MY HOUSE IS PATTERNED AFTER THE DESSERT TIRAMISU.  And not in a good way.  So here is my theory behind the choice of brown trim from the previous owner.  I know she was trying to go for this whole Spanish Colonial vibe, and that does have a lot of contrast.  The problem is that she went for too much.  Spanish Colonial is all about bringing in warmth and contrast with light fixtures, furniture, and tile.  A word to the wise, never paint trim brown, it will never resemble wood.  Ever.  But if you do, against all advise, please sand, and pick a good primer and paint, other wise the poor soul who buys your home will be dealing with this…

through her whole freakin’ house.  It peels off like a vinyl wall sticker.  My kids have named the one on the laundry door after a Pokemon it looks like.

Pray for me.  This is going to be a doozy.

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Set Design

Phoenix Designer, set design, set designer, Uncategorized

Sometimes I design homes, other times I design sets for commercials.  It is so much fun, so fast paced, and has really challenged me to think on my toes and work with what I have.  This past job was one that I was really excited about, I can’t say too much except they are launching on kickstarter in February and it’s going to be amazing.  This was a true joy of a project to be a part of.

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This was a test shot and I moved the rug after I took this, but you get the idea.  The clients wanted a clean, crisp bedroom feel.  I loved the head board.  We were not to thrilled with the upholstered options, as they look SO different on camera than in real life.  Anything darker than the wall was a giant magnet for the eye.  I thought of an iron headboard, but it was really short notice, and I was scrambling.  Then fate intervened.  I used offerup and found an awesome brass head board that I was going to spray paint black, and the guy selling it happened to be a custom cabinet maker! So he will be making my girls vanity in the spring.  Back to the commercial.  I spray painted the headboard with Rust-Oleum primer and paint matte black and it looks awesome.

Second scene was shot in front of the the most amazing, huge, gorgeous soap stone fire place.  I mean, wow.  Just for scale the photos are all 16×20, not including the mat and frame from Ikea.  I think it was 96 inches wide. The client wanted to continue the idea of clean luxury, so I layered books with natural elements, with art that subtly hinted to the company’s name.

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The lunar and ocean art is from White Orchid Prints, the rest is my own photography.

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I just finished another shoot with these guys, and I can’t wait to another in-depth post about this company.

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(If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like behind the scenes, here ya go. A 12 hour day goes into just a few minutes of film.)

The Plan for Casa Del Pullman

Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish

We are in!  We moved in the weekend before Thanksgiving and that was a doozy.  I do not recommend moving before the holidays.  It makes things, well, complicated. Like, really complicated.

As with each house I have lived in, when I am unpacking and arranging furniture and the like, I vibe out the house.  I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the house to be before we moved in, but now that I have been in for a month, I have a more solid plan: Modern Spanish meets family friendly.

  1.  The entryway/ half bath is due for a major overhaul.  Redo the wet bar, (although that mid-70’s vibe is pretty killer.)  Mini fridge, new cabinets, counter tops and back splash.  Renovate the half bathroom completely.  I mean I’m talking floors, vanity, lighting, the works.  New iron light fixtures in the entry to create max impact on the wow factor.  PAINT IT ALL WHITE.  I am painting all the trim and walls Dunn Edwards White to really bring in the crisp feel of a Spanish home, and contrast against the cabinets and new lighting.  It’s going to be bomb.  I’ll confess I am a bit nervous to go so white with it all but I think the payoff will be big.  I am really inspired by these gorgeous interiors for these spaces.

Bathroom by Jute Home, hallway source Pinterest

2. Renovate the girls bathroom.  The bathroom is in surprisingly good shape, but it needs an update.  New custom vanity, new tile shower, new floors and lighting.  The current vanity in the bathroom is 11 feet long.  Yes.  ELEVEN.  So I am going to have my carpenter build a custom vanity with three sinks for my three daughters.  Keeping the current layout will save money and also I love how much storage it has.

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tile source

3. Renovate the master bathroom.  Many many grand plans are going on for this. Cement tile, new shower design, new freestanding tub, and there is this secret garden that I plan on doing something with, just not sure yet.

Source  Byrd Design

4. Renovate the boy bathroom. It was ‘updated’ but yeah.  You get the idea.  Travertine tile counter tops does not an update make.

The projects on this list are the biggies, and don’t include hanging gallery walls, the furniture, the little tweaks, but I can not wait to get started on it all, and showing you my process along the way.

The New Modernish

About us, Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer

I’ve never been the type to think about selling my home when I buy it. I didn’t think about selling my home while I designed and renovated it. I did it because I loved my home and I love design projects. I knew in the back of my mind that it would help resale value, blah blah blah, all that stuff. It’s good, but not why I do what I do. I love to make my home mine. I want it to reflect me and my family.

A year ago I found myself in my orthopedic surgeons office. My knee is well on its way to arthritis, and I need to get out of my two story house. ASAP. Not exactly what a 33 year old wants to hear, or what a designer who has put her heart and soul into her home wants to hear.

So we’ve been looking. And looking. And looking. The Phoenix real estate market is so hot right now (hehe. See what I did there? Both a movie quote AND a quip about the weather)

Last week we found it. My Spanish beauty with just enough character and the right amount of renovation. It’s a 1979 semi custom single level. We made an offer. Offer accepted. We listed ours. We’ve had a lot of showings, and hoping for an offer this weekend. If all goes well, we will be in right after Thanksgiving.

Here’s to the new Modernish!

Modernish Origin Story

About us

How do you start these posts?  I wish we were across the table from each other eating street tacos.  I am way less awkward in person.  I am Rachael, the hubs is Damon.  I am a designer and Co-Owner at Jillian Rose Design.  We’ve done this marriage thing for over 15 years.  We like to keep it real, and I will tell you that our marriage is 25% awesome, and 25% annoying, and the rest is mutual respect and toleration.  Our life is crazy.  Not exaggerating.  It’s four kid crazy.  We have Zoey, Liam, Josslynn, and Mila, ranging in age from 13-3. Zoey and Mila are almost exactly a decade apart.
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Our Brood. Me, The Hubs, Zoey, Joss, Mila, and Liam

Being a parent you need at least two things: 1.  A lot of patience.  2.  A hobby that you can find joy in.  For me, it was making my house into a home that was both functional, beautiful and affordable.  Modernish.  Clean, simple, but still feels like home.  I forgot to mention that we do this all on a tight strict budget.

We moved from our beloved Austin, TX to Phoenix, AZ when a career opportunity came up for my husband.  It was a great gig AND the both sets of grandparents are in Arizona.  It was a no brainer.

We started looking for houses. *cue wind leaving my sails*   For those who are unfamiliar, looking for a home in Phoenix with good schools, big enough for our then family of 5, and a relatively close proximity to Sky Harbor Airport means one of two things:  Tract Housing, or buying an older home and completely gutting. We did not have the time nor the budget to go in right away and re-do a home of that size.   After looking at several homes that checked the boxes, we settled on a 17 year old tract home that was completely boring on the inside, as most tract homes are, but had a back yard that just screamed ‘Kid Paradise’ with a pool.

We called it Casa Del Ficus after the two massive ficus trees in the front that at the time looked like two Russian Shopka hats.

We are transforming it one room, one project at a time.  Damon is handy and I come up with the projects, so together we make a pretty great team.

We share our past projects, and our current ones.  And some real life along the way.

Thanks for reading. Please comment, email and share.  We want to know what you think!

Rach